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Terry A. Meyer Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 30, 2015
A former ski instructor, decent kayaker, and master gardener, Terry Meyer wants to spend her days outside not only for recreation, but also to provide a hands-on approach to her philanthropy.

Brian and Kathy MacLean Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 27, 2015
For more than 30 years, Brian and Kathy MacLean have immersed themselves in their local, central Connecticut community. After visiting Rhode Island for many years where they have a second home, The MacLeans want to focus more of their philanthropy toward Rhode Island. (Photo: Stacey Coleman)

Dan Levinson RI Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 26, 2015
“This is a real place with real people. You have to go somewhere else to see all that Providence has to offer. I especially like the entrepreneurial air here,” says Dan Levinson.

Kathryn Johnson Fund and Kathryn Johnson Jazz Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 25, 2015
The late Kathryn Johnson, an independent artist, knew from a very early age what she wanted to do in life: “When I was six years old, I said without hesitation, I wanted to go to Rhode Island School of Design.”

Holocaust Education & Resource Center of Rhode Island H. Alan and Ellie Frank Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 24, 2015
"I want to leave the Center better than I found it, and I think one of my best options for doing that is through the Rhode Island Foundation,” states Executive Director May-Ronny Zeidman.

Alice M. Harkin Nursing Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 23, 2015
“Education was huge to her. That was her mantra: education is everything. She always said that all of her kids were going to college,” Kathy MacLean recalls of her mother, the late Alice Harkin.

Hamilton House Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 20, 2015
The class list reads like a college catalog – Spanish, painting, computer, literature – but rather than a college or university campus, these classes are offered at Hamilton House, an “adult learning exchange” on Providence’s East Side. Complementing the more academic offerings are topics as diverse as yoga, bridge, and film courses.

Susan and Jim Garlington Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 19, 2015
A sense of giving back often is passed from one generation to the next. Such is the case for Susan (Horvitz) Garlington. “My parents were very giving and active volunteers in the community,” Susan explains.

Malcolm Farmer III and Susan L. Farmer Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 18, 2015
“It was an unbelievable experience, 24 months of rapid growing up that changed everything for me,” Malcolm Farmer says of his work in the 1960s with the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee in Mississippi.

Barry and Dr. Elaine Fain Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 17, 2015
“We’ve been part of Providence for a long time,” says Barry Fain of his family who started their first business in the city back in the 1890’s. “My wife Elaine and I consider ourselves so very fortunate that we are able to continue our family’s tradition of charitable giving through this new donor advised fund.”

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